Toronto Vintners Club
has a useful
section for neophyte tasters. Learn all about the four basic steps -
colour; swirl; bouquet (or smell); taste and aftertaste.
Tour is a Napa Valley-based publisher of guides and posters on the major
wines of the
world. Their blurb says....."Are you looking for a quick wine reference when
entertaining or the perfect gift for friends or family members who are
interested in wine? Would you like to know more about the following grapes but
don't want to read several long, boring books: Chardonnay; Cabernet Sauvignon;
Pinot Noir; Merlot; Sauvignon Blanc; Zinfandel."
The tongue is important to your sense of taste, but it can only recognize
four different sensations. Because each part of the tongue is responsible
for a designated taste sensation, wine must be swished around in the mouth for
it to reach all areas.
Wine Serving Temperatures
Dry white wines are best consumed between 14°C
An hour in the fridge or 20 minutes in icy water will bring it to the right
Sweet white wines such as icewine can be served colder.
Red wines should be served at slightly cooler than room temperature, say 18°C